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Bats Need Agave

Agaves are an essential source of food and habitat for several migratory bat species. An increased demand for tequila and mezcal means that agaves are often harvested before they bloom, leaving bats hungry. Bat Conservation International is leading a new initiative to sustainably feed bats and restore their natural habitat of wild agave.

Donate now to help Bat Conservation International feed endangered bats and restore their natural habitats. 

Bracken Cave 2018 Schedule

Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world's largest bat colony and one of the largest concentration of mammals on earth. The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.

QUESTIONS & CANCELLATIONS: For questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-327-9721. Please notify BCI 48-hours in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are unable to attend the date you reserved. Have more questions? Please check our Visitation FAQS page for more information.

Our 2018 season has come to an end. The Bracken Cave bats will migrate back to Texas from Mexico in the spring and nightly tours will be offered May through September.

Our 2019 Member season schedule will be posted in early May. We look forward to seeing you in 2019 at Bracken Cave!

 

 

Quiz: Sky or Land Puppy?

What has large adorable eyes, a boopable snout, cute ears, and an impressive wingspan? See if you can tell the difference between a sky puppy and a land puppy. Either way, you'll get to see some cute pups - land or sky.

Read more: Quiz: Sky or Land Puppy?

Mission & Vision

 

"The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet."

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.

  • Identify, prioritize and begin conserving the world’s most “Significant Bat Areas."
     
  • Respond strategically to broad, irreversible threats that impact bats at multiple locations around the world.
     
  • Build a global network of conservation biologists, NGOs, corporations, public agencies, local communities and regional bat scientific networks to address global issues impacting bat species.
     
  • Create the first actionable global bat inventory and conservation database.
     
  • Empower the next generation of bat conservationists and scientists through strategically targeted scholarships and grants.
     
  • Stimulate research on the most pressing scientific questions relating to the lasting protection and value of all bat species.
     
  • Work throughout the world to develop the public policy frameworks needed to safeguard bats.
     
  • Educate key communities and the public at large on the importance of bats, raising their profile as an order of mammals worthy of concerted attention and action.

 

 

 

 

Make a Bat - Friendly Margarita

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz Tequila (bat connection!

2/3 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz Agave Syrup (bat connection!


  • Salt rim of chilled glass

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.

  • Combine ingredients and shake. 

  • Pour over and garnish with lime wedge.

  • ¡salud!

 

 

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